U.S. President Biden will become The first president of his country used the term “genocide” Describe the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915, which is expected to increase tensions with Turkey.
According to reports from several American media on Thursday, including the television network CNN and the newspaper “The New York Times”, Biden will take this step in a statement this Saturday., 106 years have passed since the tragedy.
Therefore, Biden will be the first current U.S. president to officially recognize the Holocaust as a genocide, Things that its predecessors avoided So as not to jeopardize the important alliance with Turkey, which denies this issue.
Although the Turkish government warned that in 2019, both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed measures describing the 1915 massacre as “genocide.” This will seriously damage bilateral relations.
Turkey admitted that Armenian civilians were killed during the deportation in 1915, but Frame them in a war environment During the First World War, he was with Russia in eastern Anatolia, and he firmly rejected the term genocide.
however, To date, 29 countries/regions have recognized genocide What happened more than a century ago included several countries from Europe and Latin America, as well as Ankara’s two enemies, Russia and Syria.
Biden promised during the campaign that he would formally describe the Holocaust as genocide, which will distinguish him from all his predecessors, even though Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) once discussed the “holocaust.” The term used in the statement to refer to the Armenian massacre.Nazi Holocaust
According to official sources quoted by The New York Times, Biden’s decision will not lead to sanctions on TurkeyAlthough the United States is part of the 1948 United Nations Convention against Genocide, the convention requires countries to punish this crime.
However, this is expected to weaken relations with Turkey. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a close relationship with former President Donald Trump, but was with Biden from 2009 to 2017. Shi felt indifferent to Biden.